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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Imani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 23, 1979
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Torture; Mass murder

About this Case

About this Case

Major General Mohammad Imani is one of 438 victims listed in a March 13, 1980 Amnesty International report. The report lists defendants who were convicted by Revolutionary Tribunals in the period from their inception until 12 August 1979. The list of victims and charges is drawn from sources including translations of indictments, reports of trials carried out by local and foreign media and the bulletins of the official Pars News Agency reports.

International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have executed individuals on trumped up charges such as drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown. The story of his execution along with two others was also published in Kayhan daily on April 23 1979.

Major General Imani was the head of Police Stations of the cities in Khorasan Province.

Arrest and detention

No information regarding the defendant's arrest and detention is available.


Mr. Imani’s trial along with two others were the first session of Revolutionary Tribunal in Mashhad. The trial took place in the former Hall of Rastakhiz Party in Mashhad and according to Kayhan with the presence of 500 victims’ families of the Pahlavi Regime. According to Kayhan, the hearing the evidence against Mr. Imani lasted for 5 hours and his defense finished at 8:30 p.m. and the verdict was carried out dawn. Therefore it seems that his trial was just in one session which most of it was allocated to evidence of guilt versus his defense (Kayhan).


He was convicted of 11 accounts of mass murders.

Evidence of guilt

The evidences submitted against Major General were cassettes regarding his orders and witnesses including one of the victim’s father, according to Kayhan.


No specific information is available regarding his defense. According to Kayhan, he reiterated that he had to continue carrying out his duties under the pressure of the Khorasan Governor. It is not clear if he could summon his own witnesses or the prosecutor’s witnesses or he could use legal assistance of an attorney.


The Court found Major General Imani of repression, torture and corruption on earth along with the other two defendants and sentenced them to death. However, it is not clear what he was found guilty individually. He was executed by shooting in the dawn of April 23 1979 along with two others (Kayhan).

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